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Latin America’s Despegar Is on a Buying Spree Despite Pandemic Challenges

Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Despegar is dealing with the coronavirus calamity, with a recovery yet to begin in much of Latin America. sandeepachetan.com / Flickr.com Skift Take: Despegar is playing the hand it’s been dealt during the depths of the coronavirus crisis, and that means it will cut costs, ensure liquidity, and be […]

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Gogo in Talks to Sell Its In-Flight Wi-Fi Business

A passenger uses in-flight internet service on a flight. Gogo, the in-flight internet company, is in talks to sell its commercial aviation business to a competitor, the company said. Gogo Skift Take: Let’s hope the deal talks will go faster than Wi-Fi aboard a plane. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Europe Sees Modest Rebound in Cheap Flight Bookings: New Skyscanner Data

Young Asian woman with backpack in international airport looking at the flight information timetables board. Skyscanner, the travel price-comparison brand, has shared data suggesting a rebound in some types of flight bookings in Europe for cheap short hops. Adobe Skift Take: If you’re looking for flickers of hope, new data suggests that budget airlines are […]

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How India’s SpiceJet Is Using Tech to Innovate During the Pandemic

A SpiceJet Boeing aircraft in India. SpiceJet Skift Take: SpiceJet has championed reforms of airport processes that have already changed how all air travelers in India fly on all airlines. In a move reported here first, the budget carrier will begin to sell some of the tech it has developed to other airlines. — Sean […]

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Travelport Seeks Sharper Distribution Edge Despite Pandemic’s Hit to Revenue

Southwest Airlines operations during the coronavirus outbreak in April 2020. Southwest added participation in Travelport’s reservation systems this year. Stephen M. Keller / Southwest Airlines Skift Take: Travelport’s response to the pandemic shows that purpose can defy skeptics. But uncertainty around the fate of its eNett sale may last for months. — Sean O’Neill Read […]

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New Booking Data Shows Lopsided Global Recovery Frustrating Travel Outfits

Raffles Hotel and Resorts opened its Raffles Bali property in July 2020, with 32 ocean view villas in Jimbaran. Accor Skift Take: You can’t really talk about a global recovery for the travel sector overall. Regions are out of sync, reveals new data from Travelport. Companies are affected differently, depending on their market exposure. — […]

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What a New Surcharge From Singapore Airlines Could Mean for Other Carriers

Singapore Airlines is adding a $12 penalty for bookings made on global distribution systems from next year. Skift Skift Take: It used to be just the European carriers that made bold statements like this against legacy distribution giants. Not anymore. — Matthew Parsons Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Corp Travel Agencies Face More Airfare Uncertainty as Carriers Miss Distribution Deal Deadlines

Air France-KLM struck a private channel agreement with Amadeus in 2018. Airbus SAS Skift Take: The juries are still out over whether airlines and the global distribution systems will kiss and make up soon. Corporate travel agencies will be hoping it won’t be much longer though, otherwise some may face the prospect of having to […]

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Accelya to Buy Farelogix in Airline Tech Rollup

Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman, and CEO Robert F. Smith. Vista is investing in an airline tech services group. Vista Equity Partners Skift Take: Vista, the investor behind this merger of airline tech vendors Accelya and Farelogix, is no private equity tourist. The firm has committed tens of billions to technology businesses, and it shows […]

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Sabre’s Major Restructuring Includes Cutting 800 More Jobs

Sabre president and CEO Sean Menke speaks at a company conference in 2019. Sabre Skift Take: Sabre’s leadership team has been like an endurance runner in its strategy of patching up the security of the company’s software, breaking down internal business silos, and moving Sabre’s systems to the more stable cloud. This latest restructuring is […]